Thank God, UFC 189 is finally upon us. I’m excited for this stacked card. I’m also excited for it to be over so we can stop talking about McGregor, Aldo, and Mendes. I liked McGregor at first, but I’m so sick of hearing about the guy. Please, Mendes, knock him out and send him back down the ranks where he belongs.
One fight that’s slipping under the radar since the main event of Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes is getting all the attention is the welterweight championship fight between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald. I’m pulling for a Lawler win, but it wouldn’t surprise me if MacDonald pulled a GSP and squeaked out a decision victory.
Dennis Bermudez vs. Jeremy Stephens is also on the main card, along with Gunnar Nelson vs. Brandon Thatch and Thomas Almeida vs. Brad Pickett. I’m not sure why Matt Brown vs. Tim Means is on the televised prelims rather than the main card, but I suspect the UFC wanted to end the free portion of the card with a barnburner, which that particular fight is sure to be.
How to Watch the Televised Prelims with Fight Pass
The televised portion of the card precedes the main card Pay-Per-View portion of the event and comes after the Fight Pass prelims, the latter of which anyone with a Fight Pass subscription can watch. The televised Fox Sports 1 prelims, however, are blacked out in the following countries:
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If you live in one of those countries, you’re out of luck. Thankfully, there is a relatively painless and affordable way to bypass the region restriction and live stream the preliminary fights through your existing Fight Pass account.
I have subscribed to a one-year plan with Unlocator, which is a DNS service. You may be familiar with such services, as they allow you to access region resticted content by making it appear as if you’re in one country when you’re really in another. Many people use something like this to access American Netflix when they’re located somewhere else in the world.
If you already subscribe to one of these services, you’re all set. If you don’t, I suggest giving Unlocator a try. There’s a seven-day free trial available so you can test it out with tonight’s prelim fights before the main card. It’s easy to get going and is affordable whether you’re paying per month or per year. You don’t need to be a techno-wizard, either. It’s pretty easy to configure either on your computer, phone, tablet, or your router if you’re more technically inclined.
Make the Event More Fun with DraftKings
Conor McGregor apparently tried to bet Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta $3.5 million dollars that he would win his fight against Chad Mendes. Most of us don’t have that kind of money to throw around, which is why it’s nice that DraftKings has our backs.
With DraftKings, you can enter the $75,000 UFC 189 contest for just $3. This is the biggest MMA contest DraftKings has ever offered. The winner will take home $20,000 with $7,500 going to second place, $3,000 to third place, fourth gets $2,000, and fifth gets $1,500. Winners up to 5,805th place all win something so there’s a good chance you’ll at least win your money back.
It’s easy to play, too. You simply “draft” or choose five fighters who you think will win. Then watch, cross your fingers, and hope your selections win. When they win, you win.
Here’s How to Watch UFC 189
There are two fights on the Fight Pass prelims, beginning at 7 PM ET, followed by the televised Fox Sports 1 prelims at 8 PM ET, and the event concludes with the Pay-Per-View main card, which begins at 10 PM ET.
As I mentioned above, it’s easy to live stream all prelim fights from your Fight Pass account, and you can order the Pay-Per-View event from the app/website as well. When you’re ready to watch, use one of the following devices to do so:
If you have an Android TV device like the Nexus Player, Razer Forge TV, or Nvidia Shield Android TV, you can use the UFC.tv and Fight Pass app on your phone or tablet to Cast the video to the Android TV device to watch on your television. This works exactly like the Chromecast. There is no official UFC.tv and Fight Pass Android TV app yet, but one is coming soon.
If you have a Google Chromecast, you can stream the event to your Chromecast through your Apple iPhone or iPad or with your Android device through the UFC.tv app, or by visiting the UFC.tv website on your computer.
If you have a Roku, you can download the UFC.tv and Fight Pass app to watch the fights on your television.
Download the official UFC.tv and Fight Pass app for the Apple TV to watch UFC and Fight Pass content on your television without the need to use AirPlay from your web browser or iOS device.
If you have an Xbox Live Gold account, you can download the UFC app and watch live events directly from your Xbox 360 your Xbox One console.
You can watch live UFC events on your Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 through the Sony Entertainment Network. You will need to install the Live Events Viewer on your PS3 or PS4 to watch the fights live.
If you have an LG or Samsung smart TV, search for “UFC” in the television’s app store to download the UFC.tv and Fight Pass app to stream the fights live.
Smart Phones and Tablets
This is probably the least ideal way to watch a UFC event, but if you’re stuck and need to watch the fights on your phone or tablet, simply download the UFC.tv app from Apple’s App Store for your iOS device, via Google Play for your Android device, or if you’re a one of those poor souls using a Blackberry, you can also find a UFC.tv app in Blackberry’s App World.